You've probably seen & met him @ one of the big seminar/expo events around town. The nice, quiet guy with glasses, licorice stix & books on the table. THE most powerful books you'll have IF you know what to do with 'em. With over 20 years in the music industry, Ritch Esra began his career in music at A&M working in the promotion department.
In 1981 he went on to work for Arista eventually heading up in the A&R department. He's worked with artists such as Barry Manilow, Air Supply, Aretha Franklin, The Thompson Twins and Whitney Houston, & also taught courses on the music business at UCLA and USC.
In 1992, he formed the Music
Business Registry, a company that specializes in accurate, up-to-the-minute
industry information. Currently, the company publishes The A&R Registry,
The Publisher Registry, The Music Attorney Registry, and The Film/TV Music Guide.
His humble demeanor belies the fact that he is one of the most connected & respected people in the music industry. He's been to the top of the mountain, & he knows what it takes to get there. He's uniquely qualified to put out these directories, the "Golden Rolodex" of the music industry, because he KNOWS these people, & understands their value as PEOPLE.
The revolving doors of the music business are almost as transient as pro sports. Your connection at a company this week may be working for the competition tomorrow. It's all just business, but it's always best on a PERSONAL level.
Ritch can explain this business better than just about anyone, and knows good music too!
HE WANTS TO HEAR YOUR STUFF!
Ritch can tell ya what your next step should be.
Our guest last month was so impressed
he picked up a few for another listen.
SO, Bring your notepads demos & dreams!
RITCH ESRA @ SongNet
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave.
Just 2 Mi. N off the 210 freeway!